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TILTON - Wanda Alice Long, 89, of Tilton, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at her home in Tilton.
Wanda was born Oct. 3, 1927, the daughter of Norman and Nola Mary (Barbre) Hutchcraft in Burnt Prairie, Ill.
She married James Long on Oct. 14, 1972, in Catlin, Ill, and he survives.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, James Long, of Tilton; four sons, "Drew" (Vicki) Rush of Danville, Ill.; Steve Long of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; Jeff (Katie) Long of Tucson, Ariz., and Bruce (Marie) Long of Covington, Ind.; three daughters, Jewell Johnson of Tilton, Ill., Kathleen (Jeff) Taylor of Danville, Ill., and Lisa (Sean) Wilkus of Westville, Ill.; one brother, Charles Hutchcraft of Stewardson, Ill.; one sister, Charlene Harvey of Carmi, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Cassius A. Rush Jr.; one brother, J.D. Hutchcraft; and two sisters, Wilma Puckett and Norma Little.
Wanda practiced the Unity Faith and was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary. She retired from Illiana Heat Treating in 1989 where she worked in the office as a secretary for many years. Wanda was a hairdresser, as well as taught students at a beauty school, and had obtained her real estate license. In her free time, she enjoyed dancing, painting, sketching, reading and even just two week ago, sat and played the piano in her home.
A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pastor Raymie Gordon will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Please join Wanda's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on August 29, 2017
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